Monday, June 29, 2009


This is what little Soline looked like on the day she was brought to the Rescue Center. She was about 3 years old. Soline's mother had gone to 3 local clinics with her daughter but they all gave her syrup medicine to drink. She didn't receive any information about the types of foods she should be trying to feed her daughter.

When she arrived at the RHFH Rescue Center they did some basic nutrition education with Soline's Mom and admitted Soline to the Rescue Center in hopes of saving her.

Her mom said she'd been swollen like this for about a month. The swelling is from a type of malnutrition called Kwashiorker. You can read some more about Kwashiorker here and here.

Her little legs were so swollen and tight. This is very painful. :(

Soline was severely malnourished and went through a lot on her road to recovery. You can read more about her journey here.

The wonderful part of her journey is she made an amazing recovery and has now returned to be with her family. They do a lot of education and follow ups with the family so that they can try to prevent this malnutrition from returning. It can be really tough though when food is scarce.

Alexis has created a beautiful portrait of Soline and the difference you will see is nothing short of a miracle. She is now a healthy and happy little girl with the sweetest smile ever. We will post a recent picture and information about the portrait very soon.

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